Queen's University Belfast: Photonic Integration and Advanced Data Storage

InstitutionQueen's University Belfast View institution profile
Department School of Mathematics and Physics View department profile
Web http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/EPS/
Email askeps@qub.ac.uk
Study type Research


The EPSRC - SFI Centre for Doctoral Training offers unique four-year PhD training in Photonic Integration and Advanced Data Storage, leading to a jointly awarded degree from Queen's University Belfast and the University of Glasgow.

Designed and delivered in close collaboration with an impressive range of industrial partners, the CDT provides a cutting-edge and innovative research environment for doctoral students to develop the new technologies, products and systems required to address the expanding data storage needs of today’s fast moving digital world. The programme aims to equip students with high-level and sophisticated technical training and skills alongside much sought after skills in distributed working, collaboration, entrepreneurship and business planning skills.

CDT students enjoy a substantial funding package which provides an individual budget for project research expenses and for mobility and conference travel. CDT students are exposed to best practice commonly used in large scientific and development projects, including annual conclaves for the dissemination of ideas and network building, and peer-to-peer learning and training in world-leading fabrication, characterization and analysis techniques.

Our doctoral students join of a close-knit community of postgraduate research students who are supported by world-leading researchers from Queen's University's Centre for Nanostructured Media, host to the largest global Seagate Technology university engagement, and from the University of Glasgow whose capabilities include the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre in the Engineering & Microscopy facility of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Students spend time at both universities benefiting from the excellent facilities available to postgraduates including The Graduate School at Queen's and The Graduate School at Glasgow. In addition we also include a formal collaboration with the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC), based in Cork & Dublin. The cohorts from Belfast/Glasgow and those at IPIC come together several times a year for events and activities.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

Queen’s University Belfast
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences


The School of Mathematics and Physics is one of six Schools that sits within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

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